First wave of acts revealed for 2017!

Roses are red, violets are blue, here’s your first 2017 line-up release, you lucky things you! We have quite the bouquet of acts this year, with more variety than a fancy box of chocolates. Drumroll please…

We are almost TOO excited to announce that Seasick Steve will be at Nozstock 2017. Yes that’s right, folks; the king of American blues, the Sonic Soul Surfer, the dungaree-clad master of diddley bow and banjo will be bringing his Oakland spirit to the Orchard Stage!

Next up…attention 24 Hour Party People! Clap Your Hands and Rave On because The Boys Are Back in Town…our town Bromyard to be precise – in case you hadn’t guessed already, we welcome the legendary Happy Mondays to Noz this year! Returning to the farm in 2017 is barefoot troubadour and a cult legend, Beans on Toast!  Our next announcement is a very bassy one indeed…we’ve got Delta Heavy on board to fill your earholes with their paradisiacal sound.

We’re not done there. We have the reigning King of bass and remixery, Krafty Kuts. With multiple awards to his name, we can’t wait to see what mayhem he causes on our grassy dance floor when he’s joined by Dynamite MC. Up next and as hard hitting as cupid’s arrow, is this dream team: Birmingham Drum & Bass powerhouse Hazard and party master MC Eksman. Even more bass to add to that face, we are beyond pumped to have 15 Years of Critical Music featuring Break, Ivy Lab, Kasra and Foreign Concept.

Where is the reggae music you ask? Oh Nozstockers…prepare yourselves for the officer of the highest ragga rank, General Levy who is coming to party with you on the farm. Joining the General, are music makers and reggae innovators, Mungo’s Hi Fi. We’ve got a sensational crop of the very best hip-hop this year too. Praised as “the future of UK hip-hop” by Complex Magazine, Ocean Wisdom brings his revolutionary sound to our homestead. Joining him, is certified legend and original RiddimKilla himself, Rodney P & Skitz, versatile vocalist Dabbla with Illaman & DJ Frosty and the imitable Lady Chann.

If you weren’t already head over heels for 2017’s line up; we’ve got the energetic and extraordinary pioneers of all things electro, The Correspondents, who will be tearing up the farm with their swing bass creations. We challenge you not to dance! That applies to our next act too…they have the Rodigan stamp of approval, Lewisham boys, Chainska Brassika will be lighting up the Orchard Stage with their pumped up ska anthems, as will Land of The Giants with their foot-stomping beats and contagious enthusiam.

If you hadn’t guessed it, we are putting all of our love into this year’s festival and we can’t wait to rendezvous with you on the farm. Have a look at the other GLORIOUS artists that will be joining the Noz family this year
here and keep an eye out for more announcements coming soon. So good it’s almost surreal…

A few more acts to buff up the best billing since 50BC …

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Oi Oi! It’s your lovable farm crew and we’re here to offer you some solace in this time of political madness.

Yes, on top of our already FIRE line up we’ve got a few extra treats to keep you burning. Blues rock slayers Wille and the Bandits return to the fields – “Edwards’ powerfully ranging voice can come carrying either a sledgehammer or a spoonful of honey.” (theupcoming)  – whilst Estrons bring their ferocious indie sound to The Orchard Stage. We’ve snagged cult hero Peter Bruntnell, credited as “one of the finest songwriters in Britain” (The Independent), and multi-instrumentalist Jaz DeLorean will wow audiences with his piano, accordion and trombone. Echo Town will get down with their djembe, didgeridoo and harmonica whilst The White Feather Collective smash through high-energy performances and the Smokin’ Durrys have got raw dynamism to fuel the heady Noz audience.

Brighton favourites Normanton Street bring their lyrically-focussed warm bass grooves to the Garden Stage, whilst The Lasting Days energise audiences with their infectious performances of American-influenced indie rock. The Bandstand presents Kudu Blue‘s combination of electrifying female vocals and experimental electronica. Further acts announced include Towers, Jaghana, Ed Crowley and The Man Who Painted Boats.

For all you insomniac, night-time fiends we’ve garnished our electronica feast with Natty Speaks, the irrepressible hip hop entertainer – versatile, gifted and outspoken. Audio-visual prodigy DJ Cheeba has quickly made a name for himself with his ingenious live video projections, and promises to provide some sensory delight in the Garden. New for 2016 we’re keeping the good vibes flowing through the night at the Orchard Bar with resident DJ Dex, celebrating his 15th year at the festival by busting out the after hours party tunes! Dex is the Noz crew’s party DJ of choice so expect funk, soul and disco, ‘80s & ‘90s, obscure covers and remixes, festival anthems and all sorts in between as he plays extended sets on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Over in The Dingle Velveteen Valley have announced the cream of the cheekiest burlesque talent including Indira Skyflower and Doe Demure whilst at The Bantam of The Opera we have a plethora of poetry, comedy and song from the likes of Jiggery Spokery and Tinderbox Creations alongside some thought provoking dramatic pieces including the amazing Vagina Monologues making a welcome Nozstock debut. If belly laughs are what you’re looking for than Laughing Stock is the place for you – we’ve added Bob Slayer, Tom Parry and Ben Target to the bill. For those who like their entertainment wonderfully weird then be sure to visit our PsychonautsThis team of professional psycho-surgeons will be administering an audio visual assault of delirium and delights for those in need of a little light relief.

The good news just keeps on coming, ey?

Second wave of acts joining us in The Hidden Valley…

Deep in the Hidden Valley, we’ve been working hard to pull together some very special additions to the line-up, giving you a shiny horizon of musical motivation as we enter spring…

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Our first group needs no introduction, The Skints are legendary for their fusion of reggae, ska and hip hop. If the smooth sounds of jazz with an edge of rockabilly are more your flavour, the feisty Imelda May is going to wow you with her truly unique vocals.

To keep your feet moving as we enter the night, we present Jaguar Skills, famous for his stunning mixes of genre crossing sounds and his mysterious absence of identity. Meanwhile, icon of the London club scene, Goldie will be giving us a chance to see why his renowned label Metalheadz has recently earned him an MBE and from the not so far away land of Bristol, is My Nu Leng to mesmerise us with a blistering set and dark, smouldering vibes.

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Over in Laughing Stock we’ve picked the cream of comedic talent to get your sides-a-splittin’. Henning Wehn, German comedy ambassador to the U.K and hilarious TV regular skewers the British way of life with aplomb. He’s joined by one half of Lee and Herring and star of BBC2s ‘Fist of Fun’ the stellar Richard Herring plus the outlandish and eccentric funny man Phil Kay.

Other heavy weight acts we’ve handpicked for you include Buster Shuffle, a cockney ska band with a rock and roll twist, The Lounge Kittens, a charming and cheeky trio, will a unique take on tunes that span genres from jazz to metal. We’ve also got a band known for their gorilla get up, The King Kong Company, who’ve been likened to the heavy bass sounds of Dreadzone combined with the hypnotic rhythms of The Chemical Brothers.

Plus hip-hop heavyweights SIKA studios return to The Bullpen with a tasty urban music line up topped off with the likes of Klashnekoff and Devilman, Tribe of Frog announce their headliners OOOD and Illegal Machines and The Blast return to The Bullpen bringing with them the likes of Sir Spyro and President T.

We’ve also got Uncle Dugs, Dutty Moonshine, Benjamin Yellowitz, Subculture Sage, Idles, Anchorsong, Funke and The Two Tone Baby and Seas of Mirth to name but a few! Check out our line up pages for more details and we’ll see you in just 106 days Nozzers!

2016: First line up announcement!

All ye welcome to the Ancient World of Nozstock! It’s happened, that day is here and we’ve got one helluva line up for you to sink your nashers into… fanfare please…

We’ve only gone and got the Mesozoic, the major MCs, the massive JURASSIC 5. From the concrete streets of California to the grassy knolls of Rowden Paddocks, J5 will be rockin something fierce. For hardcore dub lovers, Gentleman’s Dub Club have a reputation for delivering the most fast-paced and energetic shows and after headlining our Garden stage in 2011, the Noz team are ear to ear chuffed to welcome Foreign Beggars back.

Manchester-based producer Dub Phizix and Strategy promise to bring the bad juju to the farm whilst self-acclaimed “Pyro-Circus Rave Massive”; Slamboree, are a one-of-a-kind ensemble. Bouncing onto the Orchard stage for a stomper of a 2 tone ska set; The Stiff Joints have swooped onto the festival scene and are not leaving in a hurry. They’re joined on The Orchard Stage by those bedraggled gentleman, Tankus The Henge, with a sound that draws from everything from rock and ragtime to reggae and blues. Not forgetting, the funky, one man beat-box harmonica eruption that is Son of Dave and if raccous, swaggering New Orleans sound is your thing than don’t miss The Hot 8 Brass Band.

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Presenting Dr Syntax with Pete Cannon on the ones and twos. Sound system massive: Channel Ones fusion of dub and reggae tops the heavyweight championships, get ready to get down. 25 year DJ champion Randall bring riddims both archaic and new school. Fed on a diet of pureed swan and old-fashioned British madness, Professor Elemental will be doing something weird we’re sure. Repping from our beloved Bristol; Split Prophets are a hip-hop collective with a lot to say and not forgetting 3 times UK DMC champion JFB  and veteran reggae wonder Solo Banton.

Over in The Rave Yard, multi-award winning Friction will smash the Cubicles whilst DJ Marky will have you old school dnb lovers on your feet. Comin’ straight atcha from London town is Dimension. He may be young but that says nothing for his prowess behind the decks. At the top of their game, we’ve also got, Ulterior Motive b2b with Jubei, Rene LaVice with Stapleton and The Prototypes sweeping in with an unprecedented level of bass face. Teddy Killerz’ glitchy drum and bass adds a zesty twist for you shape throwers whilst further action comes from Rockwell and a back-to-back set with Xtrah and Stealth.

We’ve also got the amazing Eva Lazarus, Harlieghblu, Jenna and The Gs, The Lovely Eggs, Kagoule, Houdini Dax, Youth Man, Shanty, Castles, Amoss, Octo Pi, Sam Redmore, Beatwell and so much more! Check out our line up page for full details on what’s in store for you in The Hidden Valley. And remember, there’s more to come…

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2015 brings a tangled menagerie of new acts and old Noz faves to the Bandstand stage

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Tucked away in the cool shadow of the Dingle, the Bandstand is an idyllic escape for all to rejuvenate from those Noz flavoured antics of last night… With its roots firmly planted in a philosophy of diversity and unknown acts, the Bandstand hosts our widest variety of style. From bluegrass to beat-boxers, indie to Indian-sitar and roots reggae to rock, Nozzers can be certain they’ll find that perfect, cider-filled afternoon in the sun.

2015 brings a tangled menagerie of new acts to the Bandstand stage and old-time Nozstock favourites, The Computers are first on our hit list with their constantly evolving punk, soul and blues style which, as anyone who’s ever seen their live show will confirm, is guaranteed to make you dance. 60s and 70s sonic inspired Jolta hails the arrival of stomp-fuelled rhythms and gargantuan riffs, their visceral live show is set to impress. Newcomers and 5 piece indie-rock band Sahara Heights will channel their experimental sound through the Bandstand sound system delivering a vivid blend of indie, psychedelic and classic 60s material to the Dingle. Rock n rolling their way onto the Bandstand is the bluesy-glam-punk quartet Pink Cigar, whilst Herefordshire based band KeyGreen are set to play their debut album reminding us of our homegrown talent. Noz favourite Mr.B The Gentleman Rhymer, who needs no introduction, will dazzle with dignity and Circe’s Diner are set to hold it down for you folk lovers taking you on an intoxicating journey that will leave you thoroughly charmed.

Whatever your mood, the Bandstand’s variety of talented occupants is sure to excite and keep you lingering for hours.

 

 

More tasty line up treats revealed including Fuse ODG, Neville Staple Band, P Money

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Greetings earthlings! It’s all go here as the Nozstock elves come out to play preparing your favourite weekend so it’s exactly how you like it. Just in case you weren’t excited enough already about the line-up, we’ve just added a whole host of tasty line up treats to get you in the mood for summer fun…

Friday welcomes Urban Music Award winner Fuse ODG to The Orchard Stage along with the original reggae rudeboy Neville Staple Band. With style and hair vaguely reminiscent of late 80’s cult films, Will and The People are set to bring the whole indie package, whilst flow heavy bass masters The Mouse Outfit ft. Dr Syntax & Sparkz return to show Nozstock how it’s done. We also welcome saviours of soul The Computers and the self dubbed ‘cross pollinated reggae group’ By The Rivers.

Clarence Clarity hails the arrival of a deranged, dervish of creativity; one of the most exciting newcomers on the scene, whilst Welsh group White Noise Sound introduce their hypnotic onslaught of melody, groove and exploration. One of the most memorable acts of 2014, Disco Panther return to The Hidden Valley. Folk fancies Keston Cobblers Club and swing specialists Broken Brass Ensemble join them along with garage-punk quartet The Black Tambourines.

 Over in The Coppice Psytrance stalwarts Tribe of Frog return to Nozstock to bring guests from across the pulsating psy-spectrum, including Brainiac, Asimilon, Psymettrix and Occular all doing live sets.  The Garden Stage also stars Granville Sessions, NLP, Afrocluster, Future Dub Project and Ella Martini whilst The Bandstand hosts House of Lions, Evenu, Circe’s Diner, Rozelle and Black Persuasion amongst others. 

See the line up pages for full details. All this plus interactive theatre, workshops for the little ones and a stellar space themed cinema programme. Nozzers, we are good to you…

Seann Walsh leads Laughing Stock line up

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All Nozstockers know that Laughing Stock offers side-splitting surrealism and observational comedic genius from some amazing household names alongside a new breed of flourishing talent… well 2015 is no exception.

Seann Walsh will be taking up headline duties on Saturday effortlessly combining humour and real life scenarios which has seen him as a regular on Mock The Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Virtually Famous. By poking holes in everyday situations, Seann has been described by The Guardian as ‘unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation.’

We also welcome Mark Simmons who has the same passion for puns as Tim Vine; if you think of Tim’s quick-fire punnery you will love Mark in full flow. Sunday’s headliner Andrew Maxwell is adept at making shrewd political observations. He has won several major awards including Best Irish Comedian at the Entertainment.ie Awards. The much-acclaimed Mike Wozniak is known as a comedian, writer, actor and voice artist appearing in Channel 4’s Man Down, with writer credits on shows such as Radio 4’s The News Quiz and his own show Take the Hit which was nominated for the 2013 Edinburgh comedy award. Comedian, writer and actor Brett Goldstein landed a role in Channel 4’s hit series Derek and his award winning show Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature has received rave reviews.

The Bafta-award winning Spencer Jones previous Chortles’ Best Newcomers Pat Cahill and absurdist humourist John Kearns are joined by Matt Highton, Joe Davies, Joz Norris, Jayde Adams, Lee Kearn, Joey Page, Ross Lee and Jarred Christmas.

If good old fashioned wit and hilarity is your thing then Nozstockers, you will not be disappointed…

 

Reggae Roast, Sika Studios, The Blast and Tumble Audio take over The Bullpen

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We work with some amazing people to make The Hidden Valley the best it can be, but for 2015 we have really outdone ourselves with a selection of the UK’s premier promoters joining us to take over The Bullpen…

First up taking over Friday is The Blast. Back in the days when single genre music events were all the rage, a group of friends from Bristol decided to step outside the box and give the people around them a taste of musical variety. After many late nights experimenting with the boundaries of bass music The Blast was formed. Their line up is headlined by P Money – who has been in MTV’s list of the best UK MCs and toured with Example. P Money is joined by Chimpo, Sam Binga & Redders, Blazey, Jaydrop, TS2W, FireManSam, Remidy and Koast.

Also taking over on Friday with a mash up of Dubstep, UK Garage, Grime, 3 step, Basscore and Funky, Tumble Audio will be dropping their beats, showing The Bullpen what bass is all about with a line up showcasing the likes of Deadbeat UK, Killjoy, Hadean, Hank Limit and Sergic & Lyka.

Saturday daytime is the turn of Reggae Roast, who have forged a reputation as the leading light in the resurgence of the UK dub / reggae scene. Following on from their broadcast on Kiss FM with Rodigan, the Reggae Roast team have been in high demand performing at countless shows and festivals across Europe. Their line up includes Mad Professor one of the leading producers in dub reggae’s second generation, Adam Prescott and Donovan Kingjay.

Saturday night and Sunday welcomes back Sika Studios, transforming The Bullpen into a hip hop squat. Enjoy Sika’s dynamic programming, bringing an urban style and a big time groove to your weekend. They welcome a sterling line up for 2015 including some of the most recognisable artists in the hip hop scene – Deadly Hunta, Klashnekoff, Devilman, Leaf Dog + BVA, Split Prophets, Tenchoo, and Team Dreebs.

We are beyond excited. Expect to enter the Bullpen and forget where you are…

 

Electric Swing Circus’ project Swingmajig comes to Swing Theory!

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If smokin’ hots beats, scandalous fancy dress, sizzling dance moves and lunacy all round are your thing than Swing Theory is just the place for you this year.

2015 welcomes three amazing promoters, joining us to spread a little vintage mayhem – Electric Ballroom Promotions, Swingmajig and Ragtime Records will each host a night in the speakeasy and we can’t wait!

Electric Ballroom will expose you to the freshest DJs and performing talent around, all wrapped up in one of the craziest and loudest parties you’ll ever go to whilst Swingmajig, organised by the amazing Electric Swing Circus takes the sounds and styles from the 1920s and brings them up to date with a modern twist. Ragtime Records take up duties on Sunday, with their Swing music for the 21st Century.

Between them they welcome the likes of Wolfie Razzmatazz, Madam Electrifie, C@ In The H@, Jenova CollectiveClan Dextine and F Block to name but a few.

It will be a swing session to remember, so don your top hat, saddle up your unicorn, and join them on their magical journey to the dancefloor…

Hospitality take over The Cubicles: London Elektricity, Etherwood, Danny Byrd…

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So Noztrekkers, have we got an out of this world treat for you?! Hospital Records are taking over The Cubicles on Friday Night! Since 1996, Hospitality has grown to be the best known independent label in the UK dance music scene. To name but a few, we are delighted to say we have the big chief himself  London Elektricity on the bill plus Etherwood who is undoubtedly one of the most promising young talents in the scene today having received support from Radio One, XFM and remixed high profile artists including Lana Del Ray. We also have Danny Byrd, one of the first artists to sign to the Hospital label, with his own inimitable take on soulful, vocal Drum & Bass, plus Metrik and Krakota impressing the dance floor. It’s going to be epic. Expect Intergalactic beats while you do the old robotic rave…

Josh Widdicombe headlines Laughing Stock

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Taking up the headline duties in Laughing Stock  we are very excited to announce Josh Widdicombe will be joining us at Nozstock this year. Star of Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo and 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Josh Widdicombe is one of the most in demand comics on the circuit. With sell out tours, best newcomer nominations, a much loved XFM radio slot and 3 series of critically acclaimed TV show ‘The Last Leg’ under his belt it’s no surprise Josh is so popular. Named “the British Seinfeld” by London Is Funny and “individual, accomplished, hilarious” by The Scotsman, expect sharp wit, charisma and hysteria from an amazing talent.

Line up additions…

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So we have now hit the point of no return and we have set our alarms for a months’ time! Its crept up on us so fast and now the excitement is reeling we are going to give you just one last treat before the festivities commence…… Drum roll please…

We welcome back Dan Glover to The Orchard Stage on Friday whose godly voice will bring you right into the festival mood. Joining him over the weekend will be the amazing Boom Boom Booms, Fight like apes, Whales in Cubicles and Bomb Skare.

Over on The Garden Stage you can soak up the sun whilst taking a listen to; Al and The Sorry Seagulls, Skaroo, Three Headed beast, Wynona Ryder and Super Chango amongst others – take a peek at the full Garden Stage line up for more details.

Across the bridge and up the slope at The Bandstand, you’ll hear rhymthic tunes from Craig Elliot, Josh Ace, Collective 43, Jake of Diamonds and the outcome from the  Livewire project from Musicpool.
We’ve also go some great new comedy additions at Laughing Stock where you can see star of the hit Channel 4 show ‘The Last Leg’ Josh Widdicombe grace the stage and The Coppice looks set to be a haven for all night partying with the likes of Suddha, Neutron and Psydigital joining the bill.

Phew! I think it’s time for a nice afternoon nap to start conserving energy for that sunny August weekend!